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Famous Hawaiian Shirt Wearers: Bright Has Always Been The New Black

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The Hawaiian shirt might not be the most humble of wardrobe items and, for the most part, seems to be the uniform of the early retirement, slightly larger than large man eager to show that after a career spent in button down collars and drab suits he can be fun. Don’t allow this fact to deter you. A Hawaiian shirt can be cool, something these fellows know and demonstrate perfectly.

Elvis

For periods this was an Elvis staple. The King loved Hawaii and this was reflected in his wardrobe. His collection of shirts was apparently large and splendid. The acting career of Elvis was punctuated with a variety of films set around the islands and his cool went off the scale whilst exhibiting the finest of shirts playing Chadwick Gates in Blue Hawaii.

Hunter S. Thompson

Famed for his gonzo journalism Hunter loved a Hawaiian shirt. It was part of his style and he tended to opt for particularly loud variations. If you’re in doubt about the ‘cool’ of this guy don’t be. He invented shotgun golf with Bill Murray at 3:30 am.

Tom Selleck

Magnum PI to many people might have actually damaged the image of the Hawaiian shirt. This to me is a pure fallacy. Admittedly, tucking it in to tight white shorts was probably a bad idea. Nevertheless when coupled with a Ferrari and a manly mustache Tom was a resident of hip-ville!

Chunk

Truffle shuffle! The roundest member of the goonies was a purveyor of the Hawaiian shirt and was not averse to raising it on high to perform his signature dance, which quickly became the scourge of portly kids the world over. When it is all said and done though, everyone loved Chunk.

Tony Montana

It is fair to say that Tony Montana brought an edge to the Hawaiian shirt. Notably a chainsaw shaped edge in the film’s most gruesome sequence. Add to this coke-fuelled shoot-outs and plenty of inappropriately aggressive behavior and an association with Scarface would seem like a bad thing. However, whether you see De Palma’s movie as a warning on the corrupting nature of cash and power or an aspirational blueprint on coming from nothing and becoming something, the Hawaiian shirt is central.

Quagmire

He loves the ladies and the ladies love him. And I’m pretty sure it has a lot to do with his trademark Hawaiian shirt. He might have a foot fetish, hate Brian and have unresolved issues with Cheryl Tiegs, but that’s why we love him, right?

Romeo

Baz Luhrman gave the Shakespearean heart throb a bit of a makeover when DiCaprio took the role in his spunky teen opera version of the classic tragedy. One of the updates was to don Romeo in a spectacular blue Hawaiian shirt, along with the rest of his Montague crew as they skulked and quarreled on Verona beach. Inspired.

Ricardo Smith has a fine collection of Hawaiian shirts that light up the Find Me A Gift office where he spends his time reveling in the world of novelty gifts.